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Review for Mercy Ships Operations, Lindale, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My husband Frank and I spent 5 years as volunteers with Mercy Ships on the M.V. Anastasis from 1999 to 2004 (4-6 months of each year) and we are a donor to the ministry now and would love to serve again if we have the opportunity. We know that they need a ship especially designed for this type of ministry and we're told that plans are in the works to build one. The "60 Minutes" program had featured Mercy Ships twice and on the update it told of a couple that made a generous donation toward the construction of this ship. We have seen first hand the lives that have been saved and changed through the free surgeries, dental work, community development, etc. Through the building of clinics, wells, latrines and the education of Africans in basic hygiene, waste management and maintenance of a pure water supply, they have benefited West Africa in a most positive way.
My husband was able to observe several of the surgeries, and was most fascinated by that experience. He is a machinist and welder so he was doing repairs on the old ship that had to be retired. I did a different job each time we went back. I even cooked on the second trip. I love children so I worked in the pre-school 2 years. My college was in accounting so I worked in the bank on the ship helping exchange money and other money matters. We were involved as retirees and found it the most rewarding experience of our lives with many blessings and benefits we had not dreamed of prior to joining Mercy Ships. Serving as part of an international crew, we now have a wonderful international family that have learned the most important lesson in life....our life is not all about us and as we give of ourselves and our resources, we experience the blessings of God and the joy of giving to those much less fortunate than us. We are so blessed to have served with Mercy Ships
Frank & Wendy Barker Mesa, Arizona

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Role:  Volunteer